How to Make a Festive 4th of July Kite Garland
Isn’t there just something romantic and nostalgic about kites? Maybe it brings back memories of summer, time spent with family, a first date, or the adorable song “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins. With those kind of warm, relaxed thoughts in our minds, we turned to kites for 4th of July inspiration! We decided to make a mini kite garland first and the rest of party look fell into place from there.
– red, white, and blue scrapbook paper or card stock
– red, white, and blue ribbons
– baker’s twine
– hot glue gun
– glue stick
How fun do all those red, white, and blue supplies look?!
Make your own kite stencil by measuring out a “t. To make the vertical part of the “t”, make a line that is 15.5 cm tall. Then, 10 cm from the bottom of that line, make the horizontal part of the “t” 8.5 cm wide. Connect all the sides to create the kite shape and then cut it out. Use that as a stencil and trace two kites on your desired paper. Cut those out and glue them together using a glue stick. Once they are glued together, trim off any edges showing from the back piece.
Next up, cut straws to fit the height and length of the kites. Use blue straws on the red papers and vice versa. Glue the horizontal straw down first using a glue stick or hot glue gun; repeat with the vertical straw. Then glue on a kite string to each kite measuring 7.5 inches. Tie 3 little pieces of ribbon to each kite tail.
To really take your kites to the next patriotic level, cut out pieces of blue paper to go on the red kites so they will look more like flags. Simply cut out a square of blue paper, place it where it will go, then flip the whole thing over and trace where to cut it. Use this a stencil to cut out the rest of the blue “star” shapes, and then glue them onto the kites.
Now they’re ready to be strung up by running bakers twine through all the horizontal straw pieces.
This flag kite garland is adorable on it’s own, but if you have some leftover paper and twine, you can make a simple pendant garland that will compliment it really well. Just cut out triangles of any size (we did 4 inches wide and 5 inches tall) and glue them onto bakers twine. Easy peasy!
You can have your kites hang side by side close together like we did, or leave some string showing between each one.
For an outdoor party, we would probably leave some string showing in between each kite.
Don’t want to spend oodles on a tablecloth only to have it spilled on and stained? We just used an inexpensive drop cloth from Home Depot that is normally used for painting project. It’s very durable and can be ironed to get out wrinkles. It’s even water proof, so it would also work as a picnic blanket!
And you can add a little something extra to your table-scape (yes, we decided that’s a word)? Just throw down a garland or banner! Let it wind and curve a little bit to add that little bit extra interest to the design.
Another reason we love these party ideas is because they are perfect for 4th of July, but would also be cute for any summer BBQ or nautical inspired party. Or you could change up the colors used and the possibilities are endless. There are so many colors of paper and paper straws available, you could do any color combination you dream up. We couldn’t resist busting out a few washi tape straws leftover from our washi party.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com